Academic Interests: civil rights and civil liberties, constitutional law, empirical legal studies, social inequality, crime and deviance.
Course: Controversies in Constitutional Law
Biography: Heather Marek is a judicial clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology, a J.D., and a M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, all from the University of Oregon. Before law and graduate school, she worked for nonprofits advocating for civil rights and democracy reform. Heather has acted as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, and served on the organization’s board. She was also a member of Eugene’s Civilian Review Board. Heather’s research has primarily focused on racial and economic discrimination, particularly in policing, with an eye towards promoting evidence-based approaches to social problems.